We need your help!
We're working with Visit Kent and the University of Surrey to understand more about Kent Residents' thoughts on winter tourism as part of the EXPERIENCE project.
To have your say about the effect of winter tourism in your local area and for your chance to win a £40 Shepherd Neame voucher just complete our survey.
Just click on the link below to complete the survey and enter the prize draw, easy!
It takes less than 15 minutes to complete and will be a huge help to us and our project partners so we can measure the impact of tourism in Kent on an ongoing basis.
What do we want to know?
The survey is part of the Interreg EXPERIENCE project, an exciting €23.3 million European-funded project centred on the development of off-season bookable experiences, with a focus on overnight stays, to extend the tourism season. This concept is supported by the growing demand for experiential tourism, and offers an opportunity for businesses and destinations to not only increase visitation between October-March, but to help strengthen the resilience of the tourism sector post-COVID.
The contribution that the project will bring to Kent is vital, and will help bring economic, social and environmental benefits to communities and the wider destination through a series of sustainable tourism initiatives. Plus the revenue generated will be used to protect and maintain natural, historical and cultural attractions, that are integral to the county's tourism landscape, product offering, and sense of place.
The support of residents and local communities is key to successful tourism development and continuity, and can have a considerable impact socially, economically and on general wellbeing. Therefore, by monitoring these impacts over a series of surveys across the lifetime of the project, any changes to perceived impacts can be tracked and any trends can be identified. And by assessing various impacts over the peak and winter season, parallels and contrasts can be drawn, and findings can be aligned to support and inform wider project activity.
Positive & Negatives
What's your view of winter tourism in Kent, do you rate it or hate it and what are the key positive and negative impacts of tourism in your local area?
Do you think where you live is a tourism hotspot or a hidden gem and how emotionally connected do you feel to where you live?
How does winter tourism effect you and your local area and how have your holiday plans been affected by Covid-19?
Find out more
In our previous survey run for the Summer period we were delighted to see that overall residents have a strong sense of support for summer tourism in their local area with 88% choosing ‘strongly agree’, ‘agree’, or ‘somewhat agree’ to the statement ‘I support summer tourism in my local area’. You can see our Summer Tourism Report by clicking here. You can find out more about the EXPERIENCE project below.
This Project will help increase sustainable tourism with a focus on experiences available in the off-season between October and March and support for local businesses .